By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 5, 2001
"I think we assured Sunshine Network will not come back next year. That game was a cure for insomniacs around the state, including myself." -- EARL GARCIA, Hillsborough coach
AT STAKE: The winner takes the driver's seat in Class 4A, District 8.
OFFENSE: Jefferson's Matt Glavich threw three touchdowns in last week's 47-0 win against Sickles. Sickles is no Armwood, but Glavich has proven he can play against anybody. EDGE: Jefferson
DEFENSE: The Dragons might have the best defense in the county. Enough said. EDGE: Jefferson
SPECIAL TEAMS: Jefferson's Juan Pablo Matta was slated as a possible Division I kicker, but is rehabbing a torn ACL. Armwood's Franklin Derochmont has done nothing but improve. EDGE: Armwood
INTANGIBLES: History vs. the present. Armwood is coming off its best season in school history, when it reached the state semifinals. Jefferson believes it has the area's best chance of winning a state title.EDGE: Jefferson
1. George Shivers, Hillsborough, Jr., DE: Shivers opponents' timbers.
2. Sir Andrew Bennett, Riverview, Jr., DB: Excuse me, do you have any Grey Poupon?
3. Jermaine Jackson, Riverview, So. DT: He's no Michael, but he's pretty cool.
4. Chris O'Donnell, Sickles, Sr., DL: Holy flying Gryphons, Batman!
5. Joe Hall, Wharton, Jr., OL: One coached Wildcats. One is a Wildcat.
6. Josh Balloon, Jefferson, Jr., RB/LB: Up, up and away.
7. Pat Boone, Robinson, Sr., TE: No white bucks!
8. Arya Khanalizadeh, King, Jr., DB: Say that three times fast.
9. Chris Ottersback, Bloomingdale, So., OL: A real mudder.
10. Mike Sugar, Jesuit, Sr., OL: One lump or two?
Chris Davis, St. Petersburg Catholic: The quarterback is rated as one of the top 25 recruits in the nation. Will Jesuit's defense be up to Davis' standard Friday night?
Matt Glavich, Jefferson: Gets a tough test early against Armwood after thrashing Sickles. Avious Steadman, Riverview: Gained 250 yards on 26 carries against Bloomingdale. Should find out what he's made of this week against a tough Chamberlain defense.
Broderick Bunkley, Chamberlain: Will the Chief linebacker be able to stuff Steadman? Lots of people think so.
Raymond Neal, King: Had 245 yards against Brandon and could charge for that much more this week.
Wharton cornerback Chris Wilson -- The junior intercepted two passes in Wharton's 16-13 upset of Robinson. He returned the first more than 50 yards to the Robinson 3-yard line. Wilson's second came inside Wharton's 5-yard line as time expired.
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